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Dec 13, 2012

Tumblr Outage Causes Loss Of Almost 100 Million Views

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Tumblr Outage

A Tumblr outage yesterday left user blogs down for nearly four hours and contributed to a loss of almost 100 million views. Issues started when the social network kept giving error messages and slow load times across many blogs.

After much deliberation Tumblr decided it was best to take down the whole site in order to resolve the network issues. Its staff blog issued a statement about the lengthy Tumblr outage:

Our engineering processes seriously failed this afternoon and cost you and your blogs nearly 4 hours of downtime and almost 100 million views.

Painfully, this isn’t the first time this winter I’ve had to give you similar news.

When incidents like this happen, our entire engineering team comes online to support the recovery as needed. Immediately after, we begin taking every measure to protect from the uncovered issue in the future.

We are constantly working to shore up our processes and solidify the stability of this quickly growing network, even more so as we’ve fallen behind the last few weeks.

Tumblr’s success is supporting your success, and we take this mission very seriously.

With browsing and posting out of the question, users headed over to Twitter to talk about the Tumblr outage:

This Tumblr outage comes shortly after a worm hit the social network infecting thousands of blogs.


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